It’s Christmas Music Time!


As my son and I were leaving the gym today, I heard Bruce Springsteen singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” on the outdoor music system.

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Christmas music, and Springsteen’s song is certainly one of my all-time favorite songs to listen to this time of year. I always look forward to when local radio station More FM Philly (101.1) switches to an all Christmas music format, which happened back on November 19. By scrolling through its Twitter feed, it’s obvious that I’m not the only one who looks forward to such an event.

On its web site, More FM Philly lists the most recent songs played, and here is a sampling of some of the classic Christmas songs that have played in the past hour:

  • Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
  • Carol of the Bells by Mannheim Steamroller
  • Rudolph the Red-Noted Reindeer by John Denver
  • We Need a Little Christmas by Johnny Mathis
  • Little Drummer Boy by Bob Seger

At what other time of the year do you get to listen to a radio station where you know the words to just about every song that is played?

In honor of the holiday season, I plan to post to my blog my favorite Christmas song, or two, every Sunday night for the next four weeks.

I’ll kick it off with my all-time favorite Christmas song, Josh Groban singing “O Holy Night’.

It’s a perfect combination; my favorite Christmas song, sung to perfection. Really, is there anyone alive with a better voice than Josh Groban? If listening to that song doesn’t get you into the spirit of Christmas, I’m not sure what will.

And if you want further proof of Josh Groban’s gift, here is a clip from the Ellen Show where he sang ‘You Raise Me Up’ with the African Children’s Choir. It brought Ellen to tears, and it still has the same effect on me. It’s one of the most beautiful songs I know.

So an early Merry Christmas to everyone, and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

And if you don’t have an all Christmas radio station in your area, More FM Philly does stream over the web!

3 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Music Time!

  1. Jim, yet another area where you and I agree. I love Christmas music (I listen to it year-round; I’ve almost worn out all of my Amy Grant Christmas albums), and my favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night.” My favorite rendition is by Martina McBride:

    I can’t think of any two voices more suited to this hauntingly beautiful song than Martina and Josh. My goodness, can you imagine a duet with these two?!

      1. Maybe someone will suggest a Groban-McBride duet. 🙂

        I have a CD stuck in the car stereo, so I can’t do my usual continuous Amy Grant/John Denver and the Muppets albums, but I’m staying tuned to the local radio station that seems to be playing Christmas music every other song.

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